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See who United and Chelsea are battling to sign on transfer deadline

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As the January winter transfer window is set to be shut, Premier League duo, Man United and Chelsea are battling to wrap up the signature of Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona.

Dembele has had a controversial past weeks at Camp Nuo as a result of his future with the agent wanting him to leave.

After failing to reach an agreement over a new contract and Barca’s director of football, Mateu Alemany, said last week that the winger’s time at Camp Nou is over.

‘It is obvious that the player does not want to continue and is not committed to our future,’ he said.

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‘In that scenario, he and his agents have been informed that he should leave immediately because we want players who are committed to our project. Therefore, we hope to transfer him before January 31.’

MailOnline report that Dembele would be available for an £18 million transfer fee with a number of Premier League sides including Newcastle United showing interest.

When asked about Chelsea’s links with Dembele last week, Thomas Tuchel said: ‘He’s a very good player, and I am very fortunate to have trained him in my time at Dortmund.

‘It was only one year, it should have been longer, but I needed to leave and he decided to leave.

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‘We are not in close contact, we have met here and there because of his duties for the French national team when I was in Paris. We exchanged some messages.

‘I have absolutely no idea why he is in this situation, I don’t know the details, so it’s better not to talk.’

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Tuchel unwittingly confirms Chelsea bid for Aubameyang as Arteta makes claim

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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has unwittingly confirmed his wish to sign former Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona this summer transfer window.

Aubameyang only left Arsenal some months back and he could be returning to England if the offer on the table is luring enough.

Thomas Tuchel did not openly confirm Chelsea’s interest in the striker but admitted that he has a close bond with the Barcelona forward from their time at Borussia Dortmund and said, ‘some players stay your players.’

Tuchel worked with Aubameyang during their spell at Dortmund together from 2015-17.

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‘I enjoyed a lot working with him, it was a pleasure,’ Tuchel told a press conference of Aubameyang. ‘It has nothing to do with the situation now but some players stay your players because you were very, very close and Auba is one of those players, we had a very close relationship.

‘Always when we played him here with Arsenal it was always straight away this close bond. They always stay your players, in a way, and Auba is one of these guys.’

However, Aubameyang is reportedly not keen on leaving Chelsea but he would listen to offers from the Blues to prove that he is not closing the door for a move.

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Arteta sends message to Aubameyang as talks of EPL return hots up

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has sent a message to former striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as reports claim he is wanted at the other side of London by Chelsea.

The former Borussia Dortmund star left Arsenal in the January winter transfer window after his contract with the club was terminated as a result of the fall out with manager Mikel Arteta.

Now it is reported that he could have a return to England.

Mikel Arteta in his message to the striker says he hopes he would have a good reception when he returns to the Emirates Stadium in Blue colours.

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When asked if he has any regrets over the handling of the Aubameyang situation, Arteta replied: ‘It’s a long time since that happened. I cannot go back each time there is a series.

‘I have made my comments on that, I was clearly clear and honest on my opinion

‘What has been done has to defend the club and put it in the best possible position.’

Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta describe the Gabon international as an ‘exceptional player’ and thanked him for what he did for the club.

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‘Auba is an exceptional player. He did so much for us,’ Arteta added.

‘He was our captain and I think we have to be very grateful for what he did for this club.’

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How United missed out on big Chelsea player before Stamford Bridge exit

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Manchester United missed out on signing Timo Werner from Chelsea before the striker rejoined RB Leipzig, according to reports.

The situation at Old Trafford calls for a new striker as Anthony Martial is injured, Marcus Rashford badly out of form and Cristiano Ronaldo still keen to leave the club.

However, the Red Devils were keen on signing Werner before he opted to return to Leipzig after his struggles at Stamford Bridge.

The German international striker has returned to the Bundesliga side on a four-year deal in a transfer worth a reported £25m after failing to live up to expectations at the Stamford Bridge.

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While he scored 95 goals and 40 assists in 159 games before moving to Chelsea in 2020 for £47.5m, Werner scored just 23 goals in 89 matches across all competitions for Chelsea.

‘I am incredibly grateful for the time I spent at this special club,’ Werner said about his time at Chelsea.

‘I felt so much love and support throughout the last two years and I will never forget how you guys stood behind me in good and in challenging times!’

Quizzed about rejoining Leipzig, Werner added: ‘I had a great time here between 2016 and 2020, when we performed brilliantly as newcomers in the league.

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‘It was a dignified departure for me to leave the club as record goal scorer, but that’s in the past now and I’m looking ahead, because both I and the club have developed in the past two years.

‘I had two great years at Chelsea that I’m really grateful for. The experience to play abroad in a new league really helped me and my career.

‘Now I’m looking forward to the new season with RB Leipzig and above all to meeting the Leipzig fans again, who mean a great deal to me.’

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Aubameyang’s return to EPL not ruled out after latest report of his response to Chelsea’s interest

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The return of former Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to England this summer transfer window, after his exit from Arsenal to Barcelona cannot be ruled out.

Aubameyang fell out with Mikel Arteta and was frozen out of the team, leading to his exit.

It is now reported that he is on the wish list of the Blues as manager Thomas Tuchel is a big fan of the Gabon international.

Now Aubameyang bis reported to be willing to listen to the offers from Chelsea despite his wish to remain with Barcelona.

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Speaking at the height of his Arsenal exile last December, Tuchel was effusive in his praise of the Gabon international and admitted he felt sorry for his former charge.

He said: ‘I can only say the best things about Auba as a player and as a person.

‘I feel sorry for him that he’s in trouble. This is not where he should be with his kind of quality and the positive character that he has – and I still believe in that.

‘But I’m not involved, and I’m not involved in what’s going on at his club now, and for this I also want to show my respect [to Arsenal] and not be involved and not judge what is right and wrong.

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‘I just have my picture and my relationship with Auba and this is not affected by that.’

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Pundit issues “embarrassing” transfer claim about United and Frankie de Jong

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Alan Hutton has claimed that it would be “embarrassing” for Man United if Chelsea eventually signs Frenkie de Jong ahead of them.

This is as the ex-Spurs and Aston Villa defender, while speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suspects that Erik ten Hag is becoming “frustrated” with the De Jong situation.

When asked for his assessment of the latest, Hutton told Football Insider: “It will be embarrassing, there’s no doubt about that.

“De Jong was their number one target for this summer. Obviously Ten Hag identified him to come in and be a main player within that system, within that squad. Midfield is where they needed strengthening.

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“It’s been going on for weeks now, we’re talking about Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world. If you want him that much just go and get him. I don’t really know what’s going on in the background with finances and stuff like that.

“To lose someone like that to a rival, who you’re going to be challenging with is not ideal. It probably frustrates the manager. He would know the players he wants in from day one as soon as he walked through the door.

“It just seems that it’s been dragging on for weeks and weeks and weeks now. If he’s your number one target go and get him. Get him through the door and start to get to work.

“It just hampers him moving forward because if it gets done in weeks to come, they’ve already started the season and he’s not up to speed yet, it’s not helping him.“

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How Arsenal could hand Chelsea a major transfer blow with this one move

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Arsenal could hand a major transfer blow to their London rivals Chelsea if they revisit long-standing interest in Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans
and sign him before the transfer deadline.

The Belgian midfielder is available at a cut-price fee of £25million because of his contract situation and he is the top target for Mikel Arteta with Leicester City ready to let him go.

Meanwhile the Blues are eager to snatch the £80m-rated Wesley Fofana from Leicester, a move that would be difficult to accomplish if Youri Tielemans leaves for Arsenal.

Although the Foxes have put a huge price on the 21-year-old Frenchman, who it appears is keen to move to Stamford Bridge but his move will be stopped if Youri Tielemans eventually leaves for the North London outfit.

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Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has already declared that Leicester will not be “exploited” this summer as they are more likely to let go of Youri Tielemans.

Rodgers said: “We don’t want to be losing our best players. You don’t want to lose your best players and then not be able to bring any in. That doesn’t stack up.” Though he has since added on funding signings: “It would have to be about trimming the squad or selling your assets. That’s something that the club are looking closely at.”

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Chelsea set to sign Arsenal’s “rejected stone” as pundit makes perfect claim

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Despite being a great player Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was allowed to Goa through the exit door at Arsenal last January transfer window.

This happened when he still had a running and active contract with the North London outfit but it was obvious that Mikel Arteta was no longer in need of him.

It is now understood that Chelsea have marked the Gabon international as the man to help the attack and are set to make a move for him.

Former Tottenham star Darren Bent therefore said that former Arsenal striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be ‘perfect’ for Chelsea.

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Aubameyang, now at Barcelona, has been heavily linked with a shock return to England just half a year after he left the Gunners for Barcelona.

But Bent said he would rather have Gabriel Jesus in Arsenal’s team than Aubameyang.

Told to pick between Aubameyang and Gabriel Jesus, the former England international said:

“Where Arsenal are and what Arteta is building, I’d prefer Gabriel Jesus.”

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However, Bent said he would rather have Jesus over Aubameyang as Arsenal’s main striker this season.

Gabriel Jesus has hit the ground running after his move from Man City and that has been hailed as a good deal for Arsenal, especially now that they won their first game of the season.

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Pundit fears United losing their top target to EPL side soonest

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Football pundit Alex McLeish has expressed fears that Man United could lose their top target and Barcelona star Frankie de Jong to their Premier League rivals Chelsea.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider the former Aston Villa manager said it seems like De Jong would prefer a move to London instead of Manchester and it will be a “real blow” to the Red Devils.

The pundit expressed this fears after reports had claimed that Chelsea are holding talks with Barcelona over a potential move for the 25-year-old.

Man United had previously reached an agreement with the Spanish side worth around £70million for the midfielder.

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The Netherlands international is however reluctant to to make a decision about where his future lies.

When asked if it will be disappointing for United if De Jong chooses the Blues, McLeish told Football Insider: “It’s definitely a blow if he decides to go to Chelsea.

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“Let’s face it, it was always in the news, we heard about it every day, we were all privy to the deal going one way or the other.

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“For one of your great rivals to come in at the last minute, at the 11th hour and take him away from your clutches, that will be a real blow to United.

“Frenkie de Jong, by the sound of things, would love a London move.“

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